Camp From The Perspective of a “fly on the wall”

By Connie Wallingford

Have you ever wished to be the “fly on the wall” to observe your children’s’ lives? I know I have – many times. Being the wife of the camp practitioner has allowed me to be at camp but not on the payroll – the perfect set-up for a “fly.” The first rule of flydom that I had to learn, however, was to stay on the wall. I remember vividly a time when my son was a young camper engaged in an interesting activity, so I joined the group to observe. Bad idea! He politely let me know that this was HIS camp activity, not mine. I realized that I had become the fly buzzing about the room rather than unobtrusively observing from the wall. How annoying!

Over the years I am convinced that staying behind the scenes is valuable not only to the camp, but to me as well. Being on the sidelines has allowed me to support camp in many unique ways, as an “Aaron” helping to lift up Moses’ arms. The staff is on the front lines, but I have the perspective and ability to do tasks that will allow them to be more effective. At the same time, I observe the tremendous value of the Christian Science camp experience for both campers and staff. A camper says, “I never thought about using Christian Science for that before.” A counselor urges, “C’mon [name], that’s not from God so it can’t be part of you.” The riding director tells about being in the paddock in the middle of the night, praying to calm the horses. Counselors patiently work with campers to meet challenges. Two counselors share spiritual ideas about how to resolve social issues in the cabin. The leadership team calmly handles a potential crisis. Counselors and campers pop up like popcorn at the Wednesday testimony meeting, sharing their healings and inspiration. There’s such a NOWNESS to each day – the sense that God is present here and now, involved in each activity.

It’s truly a privilege to be a part of Camps Leelanau-Kohahna as wife, mother, and witness to the abundant good.